On Sunday 7th July 2019 55 runners took part in the Leeds 10k raising money for Catholic Care’s Young Carers Project. Months of training and hard work resulted in all of our runners completing the full route in the summer sunshine.
The Young Carers team were also at the starting line offering water, encouragement and of course gratitude to all of those who came out to support us. Our own Young Carers worker Graham Robertson along with his family ran for us along with Catholic Care’s Schools Team’s Beki Edwards, Beki’s 3 year old daughter was on the finish line to congratulate her mum.
The St Marys Menston team arrived in style, with fancy dress outfits to add a bit of colour to the event. The staff team from Mount St Marys came out in numbers keen to support the project that supports young people in their school. St Joseph’s Pudsey, St Joseph’s Hunslet, St Patrick’s Birstall and St Theresa’s Crossgates were also represented. We want to say a huge thank you to you all!
There are more than 800,000 young carers across the country. These young carers are forced to grow up early and miss out on the same opportunities as other children because they care for family members who are disabled or chronically ill, or for adults who have addiction problems.
Our Young Carers Project supports children and young people aged 5-17 by delivering a range of social and leisure opportunities. By offering these services Young Carers can come together, develop friendships and enjoy some respite in a relaxed non judgemental atmosphere. One Young Carer said ‘I can really be myself at Young Carers, it makes me feel happy and relaxed’.
We also offer 1:1 mentoring support to the young people and family support to parents and carers. This year we are taking our senior group on a residential trip where they will enjoy a full range of outdoor activities, home cooked food and campfire suppers.
Our junior Young Carers are looking forward to some exciting summer trips out as well. With this contribution from our runners we can offer more activities and support, thank you again!
If you would like to find out more about Catholic Care’s Young Carers please contact us on (0113) 3885400